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I am having trouble getting my lilacs to take off. Any suggestions?


Asked by daerca574 at 2:32 PM on Apr. 27, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • It takes most shrubs and trees around 3 years to start to really take off and thrive. Give them some time to get established. Also...and this is very very important.....ONLY prune your lilacs right after they bloom . When the blooms are fading and not pretty anymore..that's the time to prune.....if you prune it after that you will be cutting off the blooms for next year.

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:28 AM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • My mom always said that Lilacs will not bloom for like five years when you first transplant them. I don't know if it is true or not but it could be. Are yours small or did you transplant them and they are not blooming? I guess I don't have a real answer for you so I will give you a bump.

    Answer by Peajewel at 6:52 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • They do take a while. My great-grandma used to feed hers with coffee grounds and egg shells weekly.

    Answer by karischub at 7:31 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • I believe they need full sun to bloom abundantly. Also, make sure the variety you're growing tolerates your growing zone. Has you lilacs bloomed previously? Your best bet would be to go to your local nursery and ask for help/tips/growing advise. They always are helpful! (go to a true nursery. Not just the plant department at a home depot or such.)

    Answer by daylily888 at 11:19 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • Give em some miracle grow!

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 2:51 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • try miracle grow and my grandma used to talk to her plants lol idk seemed to work

    Answer by ilovemyboys84 at 8:58 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • here are some sites with suggestions,default,pg.html

    good luck

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:32 AM on Apr. 28, 2011

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